Earlier this week I was talking with a friend who is also an educator. I inquired about how her child’s school year was going. My friend proceeded to share her frustrations, not because her child was having a rough start but because her child is in 2nd grade, reads and comprehends at a 6th grade level, yet is bored in class.
This scenario isn’t new for gifted kids, high achieving kids, or even kids who struggle with learning. In fact, it’s human nature to turn to boredom when we are put into situations where we aren’t challenged or interested. So how do we as teachers, coaches, administrators, and educators break the cycle of boredom? … INNOVATION!
Again, this [innovation] isn’t new for most educators. We’ve heard that we need to be innovative, but are we taking action? Are we trying innovative things in our classrooms, schools, professional learning sessions, etc.? Are we encouraging, inspiring, and fostering innovation in our students, our colleagues, our PLN? The time for innovation is now!
By definition, innovation means to try something new and in order to try something new we must be willing to change. Now I’m not saying we need to change everything we do in our classrooms or schools, but I am saying try one new thing. If we each make one change and try a new idea or teaching strategy, it is a step towards innovation.
It may even be a step towards breaking the boredom cycle! Ask your students for input on making a list of things they can do when they finish early, or better yet, ask them for input on how they want to learn the lesson objective. Whatever it is that you decide to try, however you decide to be innovative, do it today! Stop waiting and take innovative action! Our kids need us to change things up!
THIS IS THE DAY and the time for innovation is now!